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Making Soap with Milk

We’ve had so many requests for a soapmaking class that teaches you to incorporate milk! Goat’s milk soaps are extremely popular due to their mild, creamy lather and ability to gently clean the most sensitive skin. On June 20 we will be holding our first milk soapmaking class at the Summit in Canton. Spaces are filling fast, so if you want to join us, sign up now at www.cantonfun.org!

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Crazy for Bath Bombs

Are you suddenly noticing that bath bombs are everywhere?  These fizzy treats can turn an ordinary bath into a fun and luxurious experience. But what is the difference between a $1 bomb and an $8 bomb? It’s all about the ingredients.

Inexpensive bath bombs are made of baking soda and citric acid, to make them fizz in the tub. Add some fragrance, and you have a bath bomb. They may also contain some filler, like cornstarch, which really doesn’t do anything except add bulk.

If you are looking for a bath bomb that actually benefits your skin, you need to look for the addition of nourishing oils like Almond and Avocado or butters like Mango and Shea. These bombs will do more than just smell good, they will condition your skin, leaving it soft and silky when you get out of the tub.  Other ingredients like botanicals, Epsom salts and essential oils can also contribute to a bath that does more than fizz.

If you like a bubble bath, look for bombs that contain Lathanol, a gentle and safe foaming agent that will give your bath both bubbles and fizz.

Be aware that some bath bombs contain colorants that can stain the tub.  Look for bath bombs that contain Polysorbate 80, which helps to disperse oils and colors to prevent this problem. It’s also a really good idea to thoroughly clean your tub before your bath, as colors can stick to any soapy residue.

Questions about bath bombs? Ask them here!

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Adventure Inn B&B

This summer, take a road trip up past port Huron to this beautiful bed & breakfast on the sandy shore of Lake Huron. While you’re there, you can enjoy the comfortable rooms, beautiful views, amazing sunrise and Michigan Market soap in your shower.

To reserve your room, call Sandy at 810-300-0088 or visit adventureinn.com to book online.

Adventure Inn B&B

3650 Shorewood Drive

Burtchville, MI 48059

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The Christmas Tree Shops (Bed, Bath & Beyond)

Michigan Market and Signature Scents soaps are now available at The Christmas Tree Shops in Taylor, Utica and Flint!

Owned by Bed, Bath & Beyond, these shops now have a special selection of Michigan-Made products in their stores.  Try out some of our newest soaps and help support Michigan Makers.

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Home Fragrance Jars Get an Updated New Look

Our Home Fragrance Jars have been a customer favorite for almost 13 years and we felt it was time to make them even better. Our new jars are clean and modern with silver lids to match today’s’ decor.

Even better, we made them 40% larger! Now you can have even more of your favorite fragrance !

Safer than candles, these jars require no burning or heating to release their scent. Just take off the lid and enjoy!  Set them in your bathroom, your bedroom or even on your desk at work. No worries, just great scent.

 

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Treasure Cookie Recipe

OFFICIAL STATE COOKIE

House Bill 5919

Sponsor:  Rep. Edward Gaffney

Committee:  Agriculture and Resource Management

Complete to 6-7-04

A SUMMARY OF HOUSE BILL 5919 AS INTRODUCED 5-18-04

The bill would create a new act to designate the Michigan Treasure Cookie as the official state cookie.

According to the sponsor’s office, the following is the recipe from Defer Elementary School.

Recipe (makes about three dozen cookies)

– 1 ¾ cups of all purpose flour

– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

– ½ teaspoon baking powder

– ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt

– 1 cup softened butter or margarine

– 1 cup Pioneer brand granulated sugar

– ½ cup packed Pioneer brand brown sugar

– 1 egg

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks

– 1 ½ cups Graceland Fruit brand dried cherries

– Additional granulated sugar

1.                  Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit

2.                  Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; set aside. Beat butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy (about two minutes). Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended.  On low speed of mixer, gradually beat in 1/3 of flour mixture at a time, until all is used.  Scrape sides of bowl between additions of flour mixture.  Stir in chocolate chunks and cherries.  Refrigerate covered dough for at least one hour.

3.                  Roll chilled dough into golf-ball-sized balls.  Roll the balls in the additional granulated sugar.  Space three inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Gently press with bottom of glass to flatten.  Return remaining dough to the refrigerator until ready to use.

4.                  Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until cookies are set.  Cool cookies about five minutes on cookie sheets; transfer to wire racks.  Cool completely.

 

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Coming Soon – Michigan Market Soaps!

“A little bit of Michigan in every bar.”

Michigan Market Soap
Michigan Market Soap

Our brand-new Michigan Market soap collection is a celebration of  amazing Michigan-made products. Inspired by the numerous Farmers Markets and small-batch producers of produce, milk, beer, apple cider, cherries and more, every bar contains one or more ingredients that were made or grown right here in the Great Lakes State.  Every bar helps a Michigan farmer, Beekeeper, Brewer or artisan.

Combined with lots of skin-loving natural ingredients, like pure Shea Butter, Olive and coconut oils, these soaps are rich, creamy and eco-friendly. Some are all-natural, made without synthetic colors, fragrances, preservatives, phthalates, sulfates or petroleum.

We are proud to bring you a unique collection of soaps that you can feel good about using.

Pre-ordering in January – Soaps will ship in February.

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Product Changes

You may have noticed some recent changes on MichiganSoap.com. As we get closer to launching our new, upscale soap brand, Places, we are taking The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company back to it’s Michigan-only roots. Our Signature Scents soap line will remain here, while our Luxury Artisan Soap will move to our new web site. Soapmaking classes will stay on MichiganSoap.com. We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this process and are so excited to show you what’s next!